How to Cook Parboiled Rice : 3 Easy Ways You Can Do


Curious about how to cook parboiled rice? If this is your first time to cook this type of grain, keep reading! Below, I’ll provide the simplest and quickest cooking methods, as well as tips on how to make the perfect rice!

Lately I’ve been cooking a lot of rice—brown, white, basmati, jasmine—you name it. This post will focus on parboiled rice, which is a great source of nutrients. It’s one of the most nutritious ones out there!


What is Parboiled Rice?


Also called “converted rice,” parboiled rice is a type of rice that is partially boiled in the husk. The process begins before the hull is even removed.

The grain is then soaked and then steamed. The steaming process makes the rice absorb nutrients and makes the texture less sticky <like regular white rice>. It is then dried up and packed.

When rice is parboiled, it’s not only for improving its texture. Parboiling also boosts nutritional profile—it gets packed with nutrients like vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. This type of rice contains 80% of the nutrients of brown rice!

Take note that parboiled rice is not pre-cooked even if it already went through a steaming process. You cook it like white or brown rice, which takes about 20 minutes.

How to Cook Parboiled Rice Using a Rice Cooker

Note: The measurement for all examples in this post is 1 cup of uncooked parboiled rice. This serves about 2-3 people. If you’d like to make more, simply adjust the measurements accordingly!

Things You'll Need

1. A rice cooker


I strongly suggest that you invest in a good, high quality rice cooker. If you’re going to be cooking rice (whether it’s brown, white, or parboiled), this device will give you the best results.

The Japanese have truly perfected the way they cook their rice! A Japanese rice cooker is not cheap, but it sure does the job so well, so I strongly recommend you get one. I’ve invested in a Zojirushi, and it gives me consistent, delicious rice every time!

When getting a rice cooker, I suggest that you get one with the following features: a timer, a “warm” function, and different cooking modes for different types of grains.

2. Water


For a cup of rice, you need 2 1/4 cups. Tap water is fine for this, but if you want to use mineral water, you may do so.

3. Butter


This one’s optional. You can still make delicious rice without this, but if you’re looking for an extra layer of flavor, you can add a tablespoon of butter for one cup of rice.

Use salted butter for that great layer of salty creaminess! I use one tablespoon for a cup of uncooked rice—subtle and delicious.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. Add The Rice to The Rice Cooker

Add your uncooked parboiled rice to the rice cooker and rinse it once. Most parboiled rice packs already have easy-to-follow instructions, but in case you don’t have access to it, simply pour 2 ¼ cups of water for a cup of rice.

If you’re adding butter to your parboiled rice, add it at this point. You don’t need to melt it—it’s fine even if it’s straight out of the refrigerator or room temperature.

Step 2. Press ‘Start’

This is basically it! All you need to do is to press the ‘Start’ or ‘Cook’ button on your rice cooker and it will automatically stop cooking once it’s done.

If you’re using a Japanese rice cooker, you will most likely be faced with more buttons.Don’t let these intimidate you! For parboiled rice, simply use the “white rice” option and it will take care of the rest.

How to Cook Parboiled Rice Using a Pot or Paucepan

Things You'll Need

1. A pot or saucepan


Any type of regular cooking pot or saucepan will do, just make sure that once your rice and water mixture will not go beyond half of the pot. The rice will absorb all of the water and will increase in size.

2. Water


Same with the rice cooker method, you can use any type of drinking water <cold or room temperature> for this. You’ll need 2 ¼ cups of water for one cup of rice.

3. Butter


As I said in the previous method, butter is optional! If you’re not yet sure which one to pick <butter or no butter>, I suggest that you try both so you can compare and decide which works for you best.

I have tried using both options and decided that I like adding butter to the rice if I’m pairing it with something light <like fish and seafood>. If I’m working on heavier meals like stews, I go plain so as to not overpower the flavors.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. Combine Rice and Water in a Pot or Saucepan

Combine the rice and water <2 ¼ cups of water for a cup of uncooked rice> in a pot or saucepan and rinse once. Make sure that you leave room for the cooked rice— at least 3 inches from the lid.

Also make sure that you use a pot or saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid, as you will need to cover it on the first part of the cooking process.

Step 2. Bring to a Boil

Set the heat to medium and cover the lid. Bring your rice and water mixture to a boil.

Step 3. Reduce The Heat

Once you see the water boiling vigorously, reduce the heat to medium. Cook your rice for 20 minutes.

If you open the lid and see that there’s still some liquid left, put the lid back on and wait a few more minutes. All the water needs to be absorbed.

Step 4. Fluff The Rice With a Fork

What you’re looking for is a soft, non-sticky consistency. Once the rice reaches this point, make sure that you gently stir or fluff the rice. Rest for about five minutes, and you’re ready to serve and enjoy!

How to Cook Parboiled Rice Using a Microwave

Things You'll Need

1. A Microwave


No special requirements here—any type of microwave with a “high” setting will do!

2. Water


Use cold or room temperature water.For one cup of rice, you will need 2 ½ cups of water.

3. Microwave Safe Container


You will be cooking the rice for about 20 minutes in the microwave, so make sure that you use a proper container. You can either use microwavable-safe glass, microwavable plastic pots.

There are also microwavable rice steamers. I haven’t tried these, but since they’re made for cooking rice in the microwave, I’m sure they’re great options, too!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. Combine Rice and Water in a Microwave-Safe Container

For one cup of rice, use 2 ½ cups of water. Place these two in a deep container, like a bowl or a casserole dish. Rinse once.

Step 2. Bring To a Boil

Choose the “medium high,” “high” setting of your microwave (or power level 10), and then bring the uncooked rice to a boil, uncovered. Set your timer to 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, take out the rice and then stir. Put the container back to the microwave, and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

Step 3. Stir The Rice

Your rice should be ready in 10-15 minutes. The cooking time differs because microwaves have different levels of heat, so you need to check.

If you take out your rice and notice that it’s still undercooked <ie. water still very visible> put it back for another five minutes. Once done, gently stir or fluff it one last time, and then serve!

Pro Tips

Have Only One Type of Measuring Cup

Most rice cookers have a free reusable measuring cup, but if you’re cooking parboiled rice using a pot or a microwave, having one trusty measuring cup will ensure consistency. You don’t need to get anything fancy—a durable plastic type will do!

Parboiled Rice Can be Good for Diabetics

If you are diabetic, or if you have diabetics in your family, parboiled rice is a wonderful thing to serve. Parboiled rice has a lower glycemic index than brown rice. Before you start serving this to diabetics, however, make sure that they consult the doctor first!

If you are interested in other smart tips, refer here: Smart Tips

Final Thoughts

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Did this article help you? I hope you enjoyed reading this article! I, too, actually learned a lot while writing it! Parboiled rice is such a delicious and nutritious grain variety that I want everyone to learn about how awesome it is!

Learning how to cook parboiled rice is an essential life skill.I hope you can pass it on to friends who have yet to learn it. If you have comments and suggestions, send them my way! The comments section below is all yours!

Vivian C.


    Hi There! Welcome to Cooking Is Passio where I can tell you the things I love. My name is Vivian Carpenter. I am not only a foodie at heart but also passionate about cooking. I rely on the support of other cooking blogs like me to get new cooking tips as well as new recipes. This blog is the great way to share my experience and my love cooking with others. And I hope this blog can help you - the cooking lovers like me - cook your favorite dishes.

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